Official: Camal Studio pays tribute to the Maserati GranTurismo

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Maserati, Design/Style, Luxury

Camal Studio Tributo - front view

Although the Maserati GranTurismo may have looked pretty hot when it hit the scene in 2007, eight years on, it’s starting to show its age. Maserati is focusing its attention on the new Quattroporte, Ghibli and upcoming Levante utility vehicle, but Camal Studio is evidently keen to pick up what Maserati has let fall by the wayside.

The design house, as you may recall, was founded by former Pininfarina designers – the same firm that penned the GranTurimso (among other Maseratis) in the first place. Camal calls its redesign the Tributo (a name which should require no translation) and it draws its inspiration from Maserati GTs past like the original Ghibli, Bora and Khamsin. The resulting design comes across as clean enough, but to our eyes somewhat unremarkable. And if you’re going to go to the trouble of coachbuilding a Maserati, you might as well go for a bit more visual impact. But that’s judging solely from the renderings, and that’s just our opinion – the financially well-endowed customers Camal is going after may feel otherwise once they see it in the flesh.

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eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Porsche 911 Rothmans rally car tribute [w/video]

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1989 Porsche 911 Rothmans tribute car

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This 1989 Porsche 911 Rothmans tribute is the second such 953 rally car homage to come from this seller in less than a year. Last year, he reportedly sold a 1980 Porsche 911 Rothmans to the folks at GoPro for north of $70k. That car was nice, but was only two-wheel drive.

This year, he decided to go all out, and took a perfectly-maintained 1989 Porsche 911 C4 and turned it into a near-perfect representation of the 1984 Paris-Dakar-winning 953. Check out the listing on eBay Motors, where the car has yet to meet its reserve. Using a C4 as the base car means this tribute carries an all-Porsche all-wheel drive system, making this year’s car even more desirable than last year’s.

Best of all, the car looks the part, but retains its street legality and some crucial creature comforts to make it a useful means of transportation as well as a suitable weekend warrior. According to the eBay listing, the car retains ABS, cruise control, climate control, a sunroof, power locks, power mirrors, power windows, and a differential lock. See the car in action after the jump. Top tip, Chris M!

Gallery: 1989 Porsche 911 Rothmans tribute

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Video: “Some Old Ford” pays tribute to an old moonshiner’s Galaxie

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Etc., Videos, Ford

Some Old Ford

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL – Click above to watch video after the jump

It’s rare that someone gets to hold onto a vehicle they love. Often, automotive heartthrobs wind up sold, crushed, crashed or, even worse, fated to land in the ruinous hands of younger siblings. Since spend plenty of time pining for the lost models that once occupied our stable, we greatly admire individuals who have not only kept the keys to their mechanical loves, but actually take the time to dust them off and light the tires on occasion.

Such is the case with this 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL. The 2-door was originally a Z code car, meaning it came from the factory with a 390 cubic-inch V8 and a four-speed manual bolted behind it. At some point, that drivetrain was yanked out for R-code bits, including a 427 lump and a four-speed top-loader transmission. If you seek muscle-car divinity, look no further.

The owner says that his big Galaxie was originally owned by an old moonshine runner, and while it’s spent its fair share of time out in the weeds, it now sleeps peacefully indoors. Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Brad.

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Monterey 2010: Carroll Shelby tribute at The Quail

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Carroll Shelby tribute at The Quail

Carroll Shelby Tribute at the Quail – Click above for high-res image gallery

Every year, the Quail Motorsports Gathering selects a few major automotive themes to celebrate. Carroll Shelby is a 2010 honoree in recognition of his contributions to American motorsports. “Carroll Shelby is one of America’s great success stories. He has been a World War II aviator, a champion racecar driver, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans amongst other races and a legendary automobile designer,” said show co-founder Gordon McCall about The Quail’s decision to feature Shelby. “It is important to celebrate his passion and ingenuity that is an inspiration for Americans and motorsports enthusiasts alike.”

Several significant Shelby automobiles were on display, perhaps none more so than the first Shelby Cobra ever built. There were also multiple GT350 R models, including the first one produced, plus the very first 1965 GT350, a 1965 GT350 drag car (one of three made), the one-off 1967 GT500 SS, a 1966 GT350 Convertible (one of four made) and many more pristine Cobras and Mustangs. You can see all of the Shelbys at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in the high-res gallery below. Keep visiting Autoblog throughout the day for more ongoing coverage from Monterey.

Gallery: Monterey 2010: Carroll Shelby Tribute

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Monterey 2010: Carroll Shelby tribute at The Quail originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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